Meet our instructors!
You definitely understand child development and the variable paths that your students will take. I think you can equally teach students who want to become concert pianists or merely develop their hobby. Mary Weatherington, Parent
Mr. Andrew has studied piano and organ since childhood. He serves as organist at Covenant-First Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. Prior appointments include Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, MN; First Congregational Church in Spencerport, NY; and the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. He received his BA in organ performance from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and his MM in organ performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Mr. Andrew has performed as choral accompanist and recitalist throughout the US and Europe. Also a prize-winning composer, he has received several private and institutional commissions. His pieces have been premiered by members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the faculties of the University of St. Thomas and St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. The weekly syndicated radio program Pipedreams, hosted by Michael Barone, has featured his compositions for organ.
Mr. Andy is a Cincinnati-based keyboard player whose stylistic influences range from Elton John to Oscar Peterson. A native of Massillon, Ohio, he began studying classical piano at the age of 7. By the age of 15 Mr. Andy was performing with local blues and rock acts and later enrolled in the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music as a jazz studies major. Mr. Andy graduated in 2018 and moved to Nashville where he toured with multiple country and southern rock artists including Kyle Daniel and The Desert City Ramblers. He relocated to Cincinnati in 2021 and performs frequently around the city with various funk and jazz groups while continuing to tour with The Desert City Ramblers. Outside of music his interests include chess, reading, history, and basketball.
Ms. Beth is passionate about music. She began playing piano at age 7 and has been playing for church and choirs since her high school days. She studied piano and voice at Warner University (Florida) where she was able to participate in and travel with various choirs and ensembles. Ms. Beth began teaching piano in 1995. Married to a pastor, she has five children, all of whom excel in music. She loves teaching and is able to help her students develop proficiency in mastering the piano and in music theory.
Ms. Carmen comes from a large family of musicians. She started taking piano lessons at age 8 and has been teaching piano students since she was 15 years old. She spent a year attending school in Salzburg, Austria and experiencing its musical culture under the Rotary Exchange Student Program. Ms. Carmen studied piano under Dr. Thomas Lanners at Oklahoma State University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music. She has taught music in public and private schools in Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. She and her husband have been West Chester Academy parents since 2013, and their children can be found in the dance and music hallways in the building year round. Ms. Carmen is the director of a family scholarship foundation and enjoys researching genealogy and sharing her family’s history in books and video projects. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association.
At the beginning of Ms. Carmen's final year in the pursuit of a music education degree, newly married, her husband received notice of his military duty, which took them to Germany. A new path in music was initiated there as the Ms. Carmen Trio performed at a jazz festival and various NCO and Service Clubs. Upon returning to the States, the stage was set for a 30-year career of vocal/piano performance in fine dining establishments, night clubs, hotels, etc. She initiated many aspects of musical service at Montgomery Assembly of God, Cincinnati, which led to a position as director in music ministry for 10 years, but continuing into the present as accompanist, which is of particular delight to her. Her teaching career began while in high school, giving accordion lessons to beginners. Piano instruction involving ages 6 to 65 and beyond wound throughout these activities. Equipping her students with the very best possible tools for their learning and future capabilities is Ms. Carmen's continual challenge.
Ms. Cheryl was born and raised on the west side of Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, TN with a Bachelor’s degree in music education as well as a Master’s degree in church music. Her career has consisted of teaching piano, preschool music, homeschool music classes as well as starting and directing a music academy and editing music publications. She has been involved with special education students in school settings as well as through private piano lessons and online general music classes. She has vast experience accompanying students, playing for community and church choirs, and playing in weddings and special events. She is very excited about her work with West Chester Academy.
Born and raised in Bulgaria, Ms. Dennitza started her formal music education at the age of 6 at the prestigious Dobrin Petkov Music School in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. After completing high school, MMs. Dennitza came to the United States to continue her studies with Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse and later Ms. Eda Mazzo Shlyam. She obtained her BM in Piano Performance at the Atlantic Union College and MM in Piano Performance at the Longy School of Music. Ms. Dennitza has performed as a soloist with the NEYE in US, Canada and Mexico. She has given recitals in Europe and the United States. Ms. Dennitza has been teaching piano since 2003 and is excited to share her love of music with her students.
A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Ms. Jenna has studied piano since age five. Ms. Jenna is certified as a Music for Young Children instructor and a The Music Class® instructor. She has won numerous competitions, and has attended summer camps and workshops. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and served as the Event Chair of the OMTA Masquerade Musicale. She teaches private and group piano lessons.
Upon her completion of a Master's Degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Siok Lian Tan at Miami University in 2018, Ms. Kang Ning became the Music Department leader at West Chester Academy. She serves as the private piano instructor, Royal Conservatory of Music National Teacher, and is certified to teach the Early Childhood Music program- Music for Young Children.
Her experience in taking applied piano lessons and pedagogy courses with Dr. Tan has set her to be a well-rounded musician and a high demand piano teacher. Her teaching philosophy is to provide a comprehensive piano pedagogy approach that helps students thrive through music and develop a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Her students’ age and musical background range from 5 to 70 years old, beginning to late intermediate level.
As a Classical pianist and Teaching Assistant at Miami University, she taught Functional Piano classes to undergraduate music major students, accompanied the Chamber Singers Choir, and collaborated with instrumentalists and singers for competitions and recitals. She also earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with first-class honor at University Putra Malaysia in 2014. She received the Licentiate Trinity College London Recital Diploma with Distinction in 2015.
Ms. Kang Ning has also been a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) since 2016 and has been actively attending the MTNA National Conference every year.
Mr. Max began studying Classical piano at age 7 and quickly took on a love for all sorts of music; from Bach to Bill Evans. Max has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is currently studying Jazz Piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with Dr. Sergio Pamies. Max has led musical pits, church congregations, and jazz combos. He is excited to share the world of music with students!
Ms. Laura is a trombonist and music educator living in West Chester, Ohio. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Music Education from University of Cincinnati’s College – Conservatory of Music. Currently she is a 7-12th grade Band Director for Winton Woods City Schools where she has taken her groups to OMEA large group, solo, and ensemble. She is also an active member of several performing groups in the Cincinnati area including the Butler Philharmonic, the Mason Symphony, the Merit Company Theatre Orchestra, the Hamilton-Fairfield Concert Band and the Kings Island Entertainment Company. She has taught several marching bands including Lakota West and marched Drum Corps International. She is caring, patient, and passionate about teaching music at all levels.
Ms. Rosemary has found delight in playing music since age six, and her focus as a teacher is encouraging joy, independence, and community through music. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2016 and her Master of Music from Indiana University in 2018. In 2018, Ms. Rosemary moved to Tucson, AZ where she taught lessons at the University of Arizona, instructed music education students in clarinet methods, and maintained a studio of up to forty piano students. An active performer, she has played with the Mason Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and the Tucson Pops Orchestra. She now lives in Liberty Township where she enjoys running at the local parks.
Sam Beiting is a music teacher from Cincinnati. He began his musical journey with piano lessons at the age of 7. He picked up saxophone and fell in love with playing in the jazz and marching band programs at Lakota East High School. Sam became interested in composing music and through a combination of self-teaching and formal lessons and he added guitar, bass, ukulele, flute, clarinet, and music production to his list of skills before enrolling in the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music for their Commercial Music Production degree in 2014. While in school, he played baritone saxophone with the CCM Jazz Lab Band and was a member of many different student ensembles as both a player and composer. He graduated in 2018 and his skill in music production and composition software and breadth of experience composing music in many different genres landed him a job writing music for advertisements and animated videos from 2018-2022. After his time in the corporate world, Sam decided to use his lifetime of experience in music education to teach and inspire students from his hometown at the West Chester Academy, whether they view music as a fun and productive life skill or a potential career path.
Ms. Karen is an accomplished soprano soloist and choral director. Her degree is from Indiana University's Jacob's School of Music, where she studied voice with Virginia MacWatters and Martha Lipton. While there, she was a featured soloist with the “Singing Hoosiers”, directed by Robert Stoll. She has done post-graduate work at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and Miami University, studying with Renee Boyer-White, Ethan Sperry, and David Bell. She has also worked with prestigious choral arrangers and conductors such as Pepper Choplin, Joseph Martin, David Carrington, Arnold Eply, Lloyd Larson, Rollo Dillworth, and Moses Hogan. Ms. Karen proudly directs the Mason Chorale, Hamilton City School's All –City Elementary Honor Choir, and is the Music Director at Heritage Presbyterian Church in Mason.
Ms. Reba is a Miami University (OH) graduate that has performed in countless productions with Miami Opera. As an undergraduate student majoring in Vocal Performance, she has played the roles of Fiordiligi in W.A. Mozart's opera Cosi fan tutte, Nancy in Benjamin Britten's opera Albert Herring, and Madeline/Isabelle in Henry Mollicone's one-act opera The Face on the Barroom Floor. She was also in productions such as A Grand Night for Singing, where she performed a rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, The Christmas Waltz, The Christmas Song, and many more. Ms. Reba has also received awards, such as, 1st place in the sophomore and freshman women categories at the NATS Buckeye Chapter competition, she also won 1st place in the Undergraduate Artist Competition held at Miami, and she was awarded the Richard Miller Award for Singing her sophomore year at the NATS Buckeye Chapter competition - this honor is awarded to the singer who best displays overall vocal excellence and performance.
Ms. Amy has a real love for working with kids and youth. Her appreciation of the arts has blossomed into the life of an artist in the areas of poetry, song writing, singing, sketch, and illustration. Ms. Amy's classical training in voice began at age fifteen and she continued with private lessons through age twenty. She has lived internationally several times, and at age sixteen her family moved to the former Soviet Union where she entered musical college to study voice as a mezzo-soprano. She has experience singing professionally across many genres of music; in rock, folk, bluegrass, country, pop, indie, commercial anthems, worship, musical theatre, classical voice, and has taught vocal workshops and private lessons. The voice is her instrument of choice, and she is passionate to communicate to her students that it is the best instrument. She can be seen performing around town on stage with her sister duo, "The Carolines," and has a solo album in progress.
Mr. Ken earned a Bachelors of Science in Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Miami University. Post-graduate studies in Music Education and Jazz Studies were taken at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Ken’s professional background includes performances with Dizzy Gillespie, the Manhattans, Mills Brothers, George Benson, and others. Trumpet studies include master classes with Bobby Shew, Arturo Sandoval, and Alan Vizzutti. Jazz ensembles in southwestern Ohio, of which he is a part, include Xavier University, Sinclair College (Dayton), Jazz Central Big Band (Dayton) and Maple Knoll Big Band (Cincinnati). Mr. Ken is also a part of the Miami University Campus Owls Tribute Band in Oxford. Mr. Ken’s professional affiliations include the American Federation of Musicians, National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, and Jazz Education Connection of Ohio.
Ms. Anne is a dynamic flutist and educator based in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a teacher, she is dedicated to inspiring young flutists to enjoy the process of learning and practicing their instrument. She is passionate about giving her students the tools they need to grow into well-rounded musicians and individuals. As an active orchestral and chamber performer, Ms. Anne is always searching for new ways to bring the knowledge she gains from performing into her teaching. Anne earned her bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she studied with Dr. Shelly Monier. She completed her master’s degree at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) studying with Demarre McGill. She is currently working towards her Artist Diploma at CCM.
Ms. Chung-Hsien received her doctoral degree and master degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Currently. She is on the flute faculty of the Preparatory Department at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and is a substitute flutist in the Lima Orchestra. She has studied and performed the piano since the age of 7. Ms. Chung-Hsien has played in numerous concerts with several orchestras as a flute principal and piccolo player and in recitals as a soloist. She has studied with Dr. Garner, Prof. Demarre McGill, Prof. Randy Bowman and Prof. Henrik Heide. Ms. Chung-Hsien attended Académie Internationale D'été De and studied with Maestro Claude Lefebvre and Philippe Pierlot in 2013 and William Bennett Flute Masterclass in 2012. As an educator, Ms. Chung-Hsien has been teaching students age 4 years old to adult, levels beginner to professional for more than 10 years. She is a very experienced teacher with patience and teaching passion. Her students have received excellent grades and comments from RCM exams and annual recitals.
Ms. Kate is a clarinetist in the Cincinnati area who is passionate about sharing music with others through teaching, collaborating, and performing. She completed a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is currently continuing her studies at CCM with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and serves as the Graduate Assistant in Clarinet. In Cincinnati, she’s performed with the CCM Wind Ensemble, Concert Orchestra, and Chamber Winds ensembles as well as the Queen City Orchestra and several musical theater pits. In the summer of 2016, Ms. Kate was invited to attend the Music Academy International in Trento, Italy, where she performed in the pit orchestra for the production of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutti. She was a finalist in the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition in 2017 and was given a Graduate Incentive Award at CCM in 2018. Ms. Kate holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Lawrence University, both of which she received in 2018. Her primary teachers include Christopher Pell, David Bell, Andrew Marriner, Amy McCann, and Meghan Cabral. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota National Women’s Music Fraternity as well as Phi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
Mr. Dave has taught Music Theory, Keyboard Theory and Guitar Theory at the Post-secondary level and incorporates elements of Theory, Ear Training, and the Nashville Number System at all Levels of Instruction in addition to teaching Guitar, Bass, Piano, Banjo. He was the Bass Player for the rock group Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods (originally from Cincinnati) when the 1974 hit “Billy, Don't Be a Hero” achieved “#1 with a Bullet” status on Billboard Magazine's “Hot 100” for which he received a Gold Record. The group appeared on many TV Shows such as Dick Clark's American Bandstand, Action '73 (and '74), Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Dinah Shore.
Mr. Dave has relocated from Florida to the Cincinnati Area to be centrally located amongst his Children/Grandchildren. As a “Southerner”, Mr. Dave served as Rhythm Guitarist (and Bass Guitarist when needed) at a church that held services nationwide and were seen on GOD-TV worldwide. As a Faculty Member at Brownsville Revival School of Ministry at Brownsville Assembly of God from 1999 to 2006, Mr. Dave arranged for Worship Teams and Choirs and taught students enrolled in the Worship Ministry curriculum how to create Master Lead Sheets, Chord Charts with Rhythmic Notation, and write Vocal and Horn Parts for Small Ensembles and Choirs. He has a special love for Musical Theatre and has played Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar and Ragtime Banjo in the Orchestra Pits for The Sound of Music, Frog & Toad, Godspell, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, Snoopy the Musical, Meshuggah-Nuns, Hairspray, High School Musical, Victor/Victoria, Sweet Charity, Floyd Collins, and Seussical the Musical. Mr. Dave has a Master Certificate in Arranging from BerkleeMusic Online (Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA).
Mr. Joe loves to inspire, enlighten, and empower others through music. In 2005, he started playing guitar while studying Digital Television Production at Scarlet Oaks Vocational School. He continued to learn bass, drums, ukelele, and keyboard over the years. In 2019, he began writing, recording, arranging, and releasing his own original music. He loves to spend time with his family and have fun!
Mr. Jack is from Peoria Illinois. At the age of five he began studying the Suzuki Method for the Violin. When he turned 12 he began studying drum set and percussion where he found his true passion for listening to and playing music. He has played in several symphonic, percussion, and jazz ensembles under instruction from incredible jazz educators and performers such as Adam Larson and Peggy Bonner. He currently studies wishing Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he is instructed by Art Gore and is involved in several ensembles both in and out of school. Mr. Jack specializes in the jazz tradition but loves and appreciates all forms of music; percussive and non percussive. He has a special love for seeing other peoples’ goals be achieved and is happy to find that teaching and sharing music.
Timothy Knight is a graduate from Miami University where he received a Masters Degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Performance under the instruction of percussion teachers: Michael LaMattina, Patrick Schleker, and Chris Tanner. During his time at Miami, he has performed in numerous ensembles, including marching band, wind ensemble, symphony band, symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, Japanese taiko group, and steel band. He performed, Tiger Dance by Jeffrey Dennis Smith, as a marimba soloist for the percussion ensemble in Fall 2018. He had traveled with the marching band to perform in two Bengals games at Paul Brown Stadium and at Lucas Oil Stadium for the Bands Of America Grand National Championship in 2017. In the steel band, he had performed with many guest artists including Rusty Burge, Liam Teague, Tracey Thornton, Hal Melia, Lalo Davila, Tom Miller, Victor Provost, Gary Gibson, and Ben Wahlund.
As an educator and freelance percussionist, he previously taught in the front ensemble sections for North Laurel, Ross, Fairfield and Hamilton High School marching bands. He is currently a percussionist/timpanist for the River's Edge Brass Band. He also plays at numerous church services and other special events. He has been teaching private lessons since he graduated at Miami University and is excited to join the music faculty at West Chester Academy to teach percussion to students at any age.
Ms. Alayne is a violinist, private instructor, and arts administrator based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her creative yet detail-oriented approach to the violin translates into passionate and dynamic performances, engaging and effective teaching, and organized and inspired arts administration. A graduate from Kenyon College (’17) with a dual degree in Music and Sociology, she holds such achievements as the Thomas B. and Mary M. Greenslade Award for Music Performance, the first place prize in the 2017 Knox County Symphony Young Musicians Competition, and Distinction in Music for her senior comprehensive exercise. After graduating from Kenyon College, Ms. Alayne pursued a freelance career in music across Central Ohio and discovered her passion for bringing communities together through creative musical performances. She performed with several regional orchestras and ensembles, built a sizable studio of violin students, became involved in local arts administration, and created several original projects ranging from house concerts to large showcase events. Ms. Alayne currently resides in Cincinnati and has completed her first year of a Master of Music degree for Violin Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Dan Qiao has enjoyed a vibrant career as a violinist performing in concerts worldwide, including in China, Europe, and the USA. In 2015 she moved to the USA. Now she is a Doctoral candidate at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Dan has received many honors and awards for her work as a solo and chamber musician, including 1st place at the Three Arts Scholarship Competition, and is a multi-time winner of the CCM concerto competition. She is the First Prize in Music International grand Prix Adult string at Lincoln Center, NYC. She played a chamber music recital with legendary violinist Maxim Vengerov at Rencontres Musicales Internationales des Graves in 2019. She also played in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (NYC).
Dan is also an enthusiastic teacher. She has taught private students for 15 years for both traditional and Susuki Method. She teaches beginner to advanced students both traditional and Suzuki methods. Her students won many competitions and got into famous music colleges in both USA and China with full scholarships. She is a very patient teacher. She uses multiple strategies to inspire students in every lesson and performance. She focuses on inspiring students all ages to find the beauty and fun in music. She always finds the best way to teach each student based on their personality and level. She is also good at teaching how to practice efficiently on the technique. She is looking forward to students of all ages and levels joining her studio.
An upcoming composer with an obsession for details, stark contrasts, and emotional immediacy, the music of Mr. Isaac (b. 1999) weaves together expansive melodies, a constantly varied approach to harmony and texture, modern instrumental techniques, and intricately designed structures to create immersive musical worlds. In the Spring of 2023 he graduated with a B.M. from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied under esteemed composers such as Douglas Knehans, Michael Fiday, and Ellen Harrison. He resides and works out of the Cincinnati area.
Ms. Angela has been in the performing arts since she took up dancing at three years old. She began singing in middle school and dove into musical theatre in high school. After studying English literature and secondary education at Washington University in St. Louis, she decided to combine her passions for English and theatre by earning her Master of Letters and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University. Since then, she has been working as a professional theatre artist and teacher with groups such as Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company and St. Andrews University. No matter her students’ ages or experience levels, she’s dedicated to developing their skills and confidence, whether their goal is acting professionally or simply feeling more comfortable being themselves.
Mr. Francis, a transplanted Rhode Islander, has held virtually every position in the theatre: actor, coach, director, playwright, professor, singer, stage combat choreographer, and more. His play Another Part of the Field was selected for the New Play Lab at the William Inge Theater Festival where he workshopped with Tony Nominee Lee Blessing and Tony Award winners Daisy Eagan and David Henry Hwang. Francis has also worked with Pigeon Creek Shakespeare, Thomas More College, St. Andrews University, Brown Mackie Cincinnati, and Children’s Performing Arts of Miamisburg, and many community theatre groups. He earned his BFA in theatre from the University of Rhode Island, and his MLitt and MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University. His classes emphasize challenging work, positive reinforcement, and fun.
Ms. Jennifer has been teaching dance in the Cincinnati area for over 15 years. She first pursued her interest in dance at the age of three and was trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical and Adagio. She was also very accomplished in the competition arena. While in high school, Ms. Jennifer was captain of her dance team and was invited to perform at the Blue Bonnet Bowl in Texas and the Hula Bowl in Hawaii. She attended Ohio State University where she continued to study dance and performed with the OSU dance team. With a degree in education, Ms. Jennifer started her work with young adults as the Director of the Centerville High School’s dance team and helped lead them to several State titles. She has also been awarded many national choreography awards in both Lyrical and Jazz. She has choreographed and taught many award winning teams; many of them taking overall awards at competitions both regionally and nationally. She has had many of her students further their dance careers at colleges throughout the country and several of them working in the dance field post-graduation. Ms. Jennifer truly loves working with her students and brings that passion to the classroom.
Ms. Andrea began dance at the age of 6 for Darla's Dance studio. At 6 she joined The Dance Line Express where she danced competitively for 10 years. She has studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, clogging and hip-hop. She has over 16 years of dancing experience combined with 6 years of teaching experience. Ms. Andrea is very eager to work with the budding new dancers and believes that building good core dance skills are important for the futures of our tiny dancers.
Ms. Ariel started taking gymnastics classes at age seven and then began her dance career after watching a friend's recital. She started out in instructional tap and quickly joined the competition tap team the next year. Ms. Ariel has training in instructional tap, jazz, lyrical, and ballet as well as competitive tap. The competition teams, of which she was a member, won many overall awards at the Stage One Nationals in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for three years in a row. Her inspiration is watching her students improve each and every week. Ms. Ariel's greatest reward is seeing that she has inspired them to have a lifetime appreciation of dance.
Ms. Kayla began dancing recreationally at age 3 and started dancing competitively at age 7 in various studios in the Cincinnati area. She studied Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop. In high school, she danced competitivley with Ms. Jennifer at West Chester Dance Academy, as well as on the Mason High School dance team. After high school, Ms. Kayla went on to dance at the University of Cincinnati where they were chosen as Team USA and won two world championships in both Pom and Hip Hop in 2011. Since college, Kayla has continued to teach, guest instruct, and choreograph for several programs in the area. She now resides in Mason, OH with her husband Craig, and three children. Ms. Kayla is excited to come back home to WCA and continue to build this growing program!
Ms. Mary was born in October 1979, in a small town near Youngstown, Ohio. Her passion for ballet began at the age of 8, when she joined Ballet Theatre Ohio, a local semi-professional ballet company in Warren, Ohio. Studying under the Vaganova dance method, she has performed an array of roles in several ballet performances including The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppelia, and The Firebird. Ms. Mary studied as a student during an intensive workshop with the world renowned Kirov Ballet from St. Petersburg Russia when they were guests at Ballet Theatre Ohio. She has also participated in summer workshops at various studios. As an adult, she has continued studying ballet, and looks forward to sharing her love and experience for the art with her students.
Ms. Mollie started taking dance at three years old where she attended The Academy of Dance Arts in Middletown, Ohio. Through years of recitals and performances, she starred in the ballet of Alice in Wonderland, and Coppélia. Ms. Mollie attended The University of the Cumberlands where she was a member of their dance team. She has studied all various types of dance but her favorite is ballet and broadway jazz. Ms. Mollie is excited to bring her special love of dance and teach the students the traditions she learned from her home studio. She resides in Middletown, Ohio. Ms. Mollie is studying nursing at the Galen College of Nursing.
Ms. Olivia found her love for dance at age three. She was trained in Cincinnati, with Ms. Jennifer as one of her teachers. She has experience in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and lyrical. In high school, she was very involved in competitions receiving many overall awards. Ms. Olivia student taught during high school and then continued on with her own classroom for three years after graduating. She loves choreographing and challenging her students. She attended Miami University for English with a minor in Spanish. Ms. Olivia is currently pursuing a Master's degree in school counseling.
Ms. Savannah of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, trained at the New Paltz Ballet Theater with former New York City Ballet members Peter Naumann and Lisa Chalmers-Naumann, as well as former Radio City Rockette, Deanna Ford. One of her favorite performances includes the ballet/opera Carmina Burana, where she danced the leading role of The Girl in Red with Principal dancer of New York City Ballet, Nilas Martins. Ms. Savannah was accepted into many prestigious schools throughout her training, such as the School of American Ballet, San Fransisco Ballet, Kaatsbaan Extreme, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet. In 2005, she joined the National Broadway tour of Contact, performing at countless theaters throughout the United States and Canada. Shortly after, she enjoyed a season of varied repertoire as a trainee with the Cincinnati Ballet. She worked with such choreographers as Mark Godden, Shelly Washington, Graham Lustig and Alun Jones as a member of Louisville Ballet. Some of her performances include Eight Ladies in Vespri in the production of Visionary Forces and the pas de trois of Chinese in The Nutcracker. Ms. Savannah joined Columbus Dance Theatre in 2008 as company member, performing a variety of both contemporary and classical pieces in both Soloist and Principal roles. She is certified and licensed to teach Progressing Ballet Technique. Ms. Savannah has been a teacher and choreographer throughout her performing career and is very passionate about doing so for many years to come.
Ms. Sophie came to WCA with nearly 20 years of diverse dance experience. From a very young age, she trained and competed in lyrical, hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap, Latin ballroom, smooth ballroom, musical theater, modern, and improv. She has also practiced gymnastics recreationally throughout her dance training, and has always loved learning new tricks to incorporate into her choreography. In college, she received a performance and choreography dance minor degree, and was apart of a performance team in which she was a dancer and choreographer. Dance has always been an expressive outlet and a passion of hers that she loves to share with others.
Ms. Stacie began dancing at Downie School of Dance in Fairfield, OH when she was 9 years old. Later renamed The Dance Company, she studied tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop and acrobatics for over 10 years under Elizabeth Eckhoff. She has performed with the Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre, and loves to continue her education with different genres of dance as often as possible including Bollywood, swing, and modern. Ms. Stacie loves sharing these techniques and styles with her students in order to ensure a well-rounded dance education, and hopefully spark a lifelong passion for the arts.
Ms. Tejal is originally from Bollywood City – Mumbai, India. She has lived in Cincinnati since 2001. She has a passion for dance and loves to learn new dance styles. She has been teaching kids Bollywood Dance as well as other Indian Folk Dances for more than 12 years. She has 2 daughters who share her passion for dance. Ms. Tejal is excited to introduce the Bollywood style of dance to West Chester Academy.
Coach Rob has spent most of his life involved in gymnastics and cheerleading starting at age 4 with recreational gymnastics and progressing to competitive levels through high school. After completing high school, he attended college where he was a cheerleader. Coach Rob is an accredited member of USA Gymnastics which requires extensive training in safe sports. He has coached all levels and most recently worked with levels 7-10. He was honored to have coached state, regional and national qualifiers and champions. In addition, he has been selected numerous times as a clinician at regional camps and clinics. After working several years as a coach, Coach Rob helped open a family gymnastic business, Flip n Twist Gymnastics. He spent the past 18 years managing and coaching at Flip n Twist Gymnastics and has now joined the staff at West Chester Academy. When not instructing gymnastics, he enjoys watching football, fishing, traveling and being with friends.
Coach Brooke graduated early from Lakota West High School in 2019. Shortly after graduating she started coaching at West Chester Academy and is now the assistant gymnastics director. One of her favorite things about working at WCA is building relationships with students, parents and staff. She is very passionate about working with kids and really enjoys being able to teach and see her students progress. Her goals are to challenge her students in a positive way where they can grow to be excellent gymnasts. Outside of the gym she has been taking classes to obtain her real estate license and her hobbies include reading, swimming and hanging out with her cats.
Coach Jamie began gymnastics at age 2 in a small town in Illinois and began competing around age 8. She competed throughout the states of Illinois and Missouri until she was 16 and retired from competitive gymnastics at level 9. Coach Jamie began coaching private lessons and parent-tot classes when she was 14 and continued coaching private lessons, parent-tot classes, and competitive gymnastics for many years. With her love of gymnastics and high energy, Coach Jamie began cheerleading in middle school and cheered on the varsity squad freshman through senior year of high school. During high school, Coach Jamie participated in and also helped pilot, coach, and choreograph a competitive cheer team. She was also a college cheerleader at Eastern Illinois University. During college, Coach Jamie met her husband, Scott, and moved to Ohio where she is now a kindergarten teacher in Hamilton City Schools. She coached competitive gymnasts briefly before moving on to coach Hamilton High School’s varsity gymnastics team.
Coach Jamie and her husband now have two children, Micah and Esli, and she is very excited to be part of the West Chester Academy family. Coach Jamie truly believes that small things done with great love will change the world. Her hope is to not only grow children into incredible gymnasts, but also to be a positive influence on them and help them reach their highest potential both personally and athletically. She believes that forming relationships with the gymnasts and their families along with challenging children to always do their best will have the greatest impact on their gymnastics experiences. Gymnastics had such a huge impact on Coach Jamie and helped her to become the person she is today; she is very excited to be passing that experience on to the next generation of gymnasts.
Coach Olivia was a cheerleader and gymnast from the start of 1st grade to the end of her senior year in high school. She is a Lakota West graduate and now attends the University of Cincinnati. Coach Olivia is a Middle Childhood Education major and has a great passion for working with kids. She is a certified tumbling instructor and is CPR certified through the American Red Cross. Coach Olivia says her favorite part about working in the gym is cultivating new relationships with students and parents. She has been coaching at West Chester Academy since 2017. When outside of the gym, Coach Olivia dedicates her time to getting involved within her university. She also volunteers for a non profit sports organization. She loves spending time with her family and friends and her favorite hobby is traveling!
Coach Stacie began gymnastics lessons when she was 6 years old, and gravitated towards acrobatics a few years later. She is USAG Safety and Risk Management certified, as well as CPR and First Aid certified. Besides gymnastics, she has 15 years of dance experience ranging from ballet to hip hop to modern. She practices yoga and enjoys blending dance technique, gymnastic instruction, and yoga discipline. She finds that it creates a stronger athlete overall. While participating in a dance workshop a few years ago, she discovered the art of Aerial Silks and fell in love with it. Coach Stacie has trained under Erin Welch and Tracey Wozny and is fond of sharing this unique and challenging art form with her students, both dance and gymnastics alike.